Home Fire Safety- Potential Fire Hazards in Your New Home

The National Fire Protection Association has reported responding to an average of 346,800 home structure fires per year. These fires have caused an estimated $7.3 billion in direct property damage, an annual average of 2,620 fatalities, and 11,070 fire injuries. While cooking is the leading cause of house fires, other fire hazards are at home.

Our team at DFW Fireman Movers are experienced firefighters, so we are always concerned about our safety and the safety of others, especially when it comes to fire hazards. We have compiled a list of potential fire hazards to watch out for when moving into your new home to keep you and your family safe.

Faulty Electrical Wiring

If you notice fuses blowing or lights dimming when you use another appliance, the house wiring in your new home could be faulty, which is a potential electrical fire hazard. In such a case, it's advisable to enlist a qualified electrician to inspect your home's wiring for signs of wear and fix the situation.

Fireplaces

The fireplace is a fire hazard if installed in a poorly ventilated room. Therefore, install a fireguard and avoid placing combustible items near the fireplace.

Defective Electrical Appliances

Failing appliances, especially in the kitchen, can set fires in the house. So, make sure all electrical equipment is working properly. In addition, always be keen not to leave the appliance in use unattended or get distracted while cooking as the equipment could overheat and cause a fire.

Overloaded Sockets

Overloading sockets is typical if you have a lot of machines that need to be powered up. Overloaded sockets are a probable fire hazard in the home. Consider adding more outlets.

Dust

Over time, dust accumulates near electrical sockets or heaters. Vacuum the area regularly as the accumulated dust can ignite and cause a fire.

Leaves

If you have a lot of trees near your house, dry leaves could build up in the gutters. We advise cleaning out the gutters frequently to avoid a possible fire spread.

Candles

As pretty and romantic as candles can be, leaving them unattended in a room can cause a fire, especially if they are placed near flammable items such as curtains or books. It would be best to put candles in a candle holder, so they do not tip over. Alternatively, always remember to blow out candles before leaving a room.

Glassware

Placing glass ornaments against windows or on window sills can cause a fire risk if your window faces the sun. On a very sunny day, the glassware can cause a magnifying effect, and if the sun's rays hit on a patch of carpet or curtains, this can cause a fire.

Fairy lights

Fairy lights are pretty home décor, but they can be a fire risk if they are not turned off when leaving the house

Bonfires

During the warm summer months, you may enjoy lighting bonfires in your garden or backyard for some sundowners or barbeques with friends or family. However, it is crucial to avoid windy days. To prevent a fire hazard, keep filled buckets of water handy whenever you light a bonfire.

Fire Safety Tips

Despite the fatalities by fires at home, the good news is that fires are preventable. Here are a few safety measures that will go a long way to minimize the fire risk and keep you and your loved ones safe.

Smoke Alarms

When moving into a new home, install smoke alarms in every room and do monthly checks to confirm that they are functioning. Alternatively, you can consider having smart smoke detectors that connect to your phone, alerting you of a fire or smoke incident even when you're not at home.

Fire Extinguishers

Consider having a fire extinguisher on every floor of your new home, especially near the kitchen, where fires are likely to start.

Ultimately, arranging a fire safety inspection is essential when moving into a new home. DFW Fireman Movers have you covered. Please get in touch with us for fire safety advice. We're local off-duty firemen committed to making you feel confident and safe in your new home.

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